KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Feb 23rd, 2018
Contact: Dr. Beverly Largent
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

Kentucky Dental Foundation Reinforces Its Support for SmileKentucky! Program

The Kentucky Dental Foundation has found its niche! Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation has supported various programs from dental student education to free clinics. The Foundation has consistently supported the SmileKentucky! Program since 2008. In August of 2017 the Foundation board voted to lend significant financial support to the dental education module of SmileKentucky!

The SmileKentucky! Program was spawned at a dinner meeting of like-minded dental partners who wanted to do something “big” for the state’s dental health. The KDA Foundation recognizes board member Kelley Dearing Smith of the Louisville Water Company as one of the original designers of the program. It was started in 2002, with several sponsors including the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and the Louisville Dental Society. From inception, there has been a three-pronged focus on hands-on dental education, free dental screenings and free, comprehensive treatment.

SmileKentucky! Is a Golden Apple award-winning program. The Kentucky Dental Association Foundation has adopted the educational component of the program as a state-wide initiative and has replicated and distributed the educational programs throughout the state.

Through this effort, schools, community centers and offices use SmileKentucky! educational materials to teach children about oral hygiene and nutrition. The program also includes math, literacy, health and science to present the material in an interdisciplinary manner. This is important because many schools do not have a dedicated oral health curriculum. The educational program is aligned to the National Health Education Standards.

Education kits are a stand-alone education initiative, and include lesson plans, booklets and videos. There is also a “train the trainer” program for dental professionals as well as other volunteers. The program teaches oral health and nutrition, with an emphasis on sugar content. Children are taught how to read food labels to determine sugar content of foods.

There are two videos included in the program which have been developed through partnerships and grants. “Where’s the Sugar?” was produced in 2012, and highlights the nutritional link to oral health. “Brush your Teeth!” produced in 2015, highlights the importance of brushing with some real-world advice for teenagers.

Another aspect of the SmileKentucky! Program is Tapper’s Story Time for public libraries. This program is currently used in Bullitt County, KY library system and is available to other libraries. This kit includes a pull-up display and children’s books highlighting oral health and nutrition. SmileKentucky! Children’s activity books are also available for distribution. Included is an instruction and fact sheet for the presenter.

SmileKentucky! has visited over 150 elementary and middle schools and educated over 150,000 children in grades k-6. More than 35,000 children have received a dental screening at school and more than 3,000 children have received free treatment valued at over $1 million. Currently there are over 20 agencies on the steering committee and more than 150 groups providing time, materials and funding. Throughout the past 16 years, the goals of SmileKentucky! Have remained the same—to improve the oral health of children.

Through funding from the KDA Foundation, Louisville Water Company and DentaQuest, SmileKentucky! will launch a new updated web site (SmileKentucky.com) in February which is a resource for oral health education. It includes lesson plans, videos, experiments and how-to guides that make it easy to illustrate good oral health habits to children and adults. This one stop shop will include all materials for the education kit and will eliminate much of the distribution and manpower issues faced by the KDA Foundation. The web site can easily be updated and improved and new material added. One new item is an updated children’s booklet, a sample of which will be included with each mailed March/April issue of KDA TODAY. Be looking for the children’s booklet in the next issue, visit the web site, watch the videos and support the Foundation in its educational efforts. You will be proud!

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